Acknowledgments Every book, this one included, ultimately is a team effort. We wish to thank a number of very
important members of our team who gave generously of their time and talents and helped to
improve this work. First, thanks to the entire team at Redleaf Press. Each of you added a valuable
“something” to the book, and it would be a lesser work without your perspective and dedication
to the result. We would particularly like to thank the many content experts and reviewers who
supported our efforts in developing this book. Some of you provided insight; others reviewed all
or parts of the text. For all of these efforts, we are extremely grateful. Your expertise has helped to
shape this work, and we acknowledge the value of your input. We hope that we have represented
your insights well, and we regret any errors or omissions that may surface. Please know that these
are entirely the responsibility of the authors.
We’d also like to thank our families, who have patiently tolerated our absences while we were
busily writing this book. They are such avid cheerleaders, they deserve their own pom-poms.
Finally, but most importantly, we wish to acknowledge the many teachers, directors, family
child care providers, and other professionals who work so hard to make the world a “well” place
for young children. Your responsibilities are many, and we appreciate how dedicated you are to
those you serve.
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